The singer, 29, was nabbed due to an outstanding out-of-county warrant from last year, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told CNN. Brown’s arrest was connected to an incident in a nearby county, notes TMZ, which broke the story. A spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office — about 150 miles northwest of Palm Beach — told Billboard on Friday morning (July 6) that the warrant was tied to an felony assault arrest in Palm Beach County on Apr. 17, 2017.
The singer was accused of sucker-punching photographer Bennie L. Vines at a party in Tampa at the Aja Channelside club in April 2017. At the time, one of the club’s partners told Billboard that Brown was paid to show up at the 11,000 square-foot nightclub and when Vines, one of the club’s in-house photographers, attempted to take pictures of the singer and his entourage, Brown jumped over a couch and struck Vines in the face.
According to reports, Brown was booked and subsequently released after posting $2,000 bail.
Brown has racked up a long list of legal problems over the years, including an assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, another arrest for felony assault in 2013 after he allegedly attacked a man outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., as well as several other alleged assaults on fans and a former manager. The singer is currently on the road in support of his latest album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon.Brown is scheduled to perform at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater in Tampa on Friday night; at press time it was unknown if that gig would go on as scheduled.
A spokesperson for Brown could not be reached for comment at press time.